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Yoga Improves Mood

Posted on April 10, 2012 | No Comments on Yoga Improves Mood

Feeling in good spirits after doing some yoga? It might not be just the fresh air or the stretching.

A study revealed that yoga has a positive effect on a person’s mood due to a chemical it helps release in the brain. The chemical, which, is called gamma-aminobutyric acid (or GABA) regulates nerve activity and can prevent mood or anxiety disorders.

The peer-reviewed journal featured the study of Chris Streeter, MD, from Boston University School of Medicine, as he demonstrates how the increased levels of GABA levels after a yoga session helps improve mood and decrease the anxiety. The findings show that practicing yoga stimulates certain brains areas that then affect endogenous antidepressant neurotransmitters.

“This is important work that establishes some objective bases for the effects that highly trained practitioners of yoga therapy throughout the world see on a daily basis,” said Kim A. Jobst. “What is important now is that these findings are further investigated in long-term studies to establish just how sustainable such changes can be in the search for safe non-drug treatments for depression.”

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